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tmarieNov. 27, 2015 - 03:12PM JST
Miguel, I don't really have an answer for you except to say culture and birth control. Plenty of other countries don't have the vast amounts of options for birth control or it is engrained via religion not to use it as often. I think when you look at Mexico it is pretty easy to see that many love kids and big families are cultural based as children are seen to bring happiness. Here? People often see kids as pain in the butt due to the school system (PTA, entrance exams, keeping up with the neighbours with piano, eikaiwa, dance...). Kids here are seen as a blessing by some but overall society sees them as a tiring burden who needs their mommy to be with them 24 hours a day. Clearly this line of thinking isn't helping anyone.
I don't really know many moms who want more kids. One, two is enough for them and they are constantly complaining about how busy they are. Japan. Where one needs to pack a full day of activities and busy work to complain to others about. I don't think there really is that attitude in just relaxing and playing with your kids while they are small. I could be wrong on it but I don't see it. Kids in my area are thrown into every activity under the sun and that costs money. Don't think that is normal in non Asian countries but I could be wrong.
Posted in: Gov't to tackle maternity harassment, day care to slow population decline
tmarieNov. 27, 2015 - 01:12PM JST
I think that these articles tend to focus more in women; but I wonder what happen with men; do they want to have a family and have children? and If not, what is happening with them?
In this country men are never thought about when it comes to families having kids. It's all the women's doing and men are mere cash machines. Or at least this is how the population views it for the most part. Which is the damn problem of why people aren't having kid because the men can't afford it and women don't want to work under the horrific working conditions men suffer through.
Let's be honest. Until things are better for the MEN of this country when it comes to work, very few women are going to want to work FT. Very few can survive on one salary with kids. Meh. Preaching to the choir. Yet the bloody government STILL doesn't get it.
tmarieNov. 27, 2015 - 09:21AM JST
They actually going to punish companies who allow "mata hara" to continue? No? Then nothing will change.
Are they going to punish companies who use pregnacy against mothers when it comes to recontracting or promotions? No? Then nothing will change.
Are thing going to punish companies who use taking pat leave against fathers when it comes to recontracting or promotions? No? Then nothing will change.
Are they going to punish companies who demand silly overtime of their workers? No? Then nothing will change.
Abe can spout on and on about all of these changes and proposals but until the government actually puts its mouth where its money is and starts punishing folks for abusing their staff, nothing will change.
tmarieNov. 19, 2015 - 09:15AM JST
PIssing off China? Hmmmm... China, Russia AND the US? Not exactly a smart move.
Posted in: IS executes Chinese, Norwegian hostages as bastion pounded
tmarieNov. 19, 2015 - 09:14AM JST
I have zero issues with being fingerprinted. What I take issue with is that the locals are not.
Posted in: How do you feel about the Japanese government fingerprinting foreign visitors arriving at airports?
tmarieNov. 18, 2015 - 09:14AM JST
Tragic, but if they were tourists perhaps a good idea to make Japanese people more aware of the dangers abroad, some think traveling abroad is as safe as Japan.
Interesting. I'm constantly told by locals how dangerous "gaikoku" is and how safe Japan is. Heck, I see this all the time on TV shows here where some talento goe son and on about how dangerous X country is.
I think a better thing would be teaching folks about being more aware of your surrounding area. Be it walking down the street, saving a seat in a cafe or driving around.
RIP folks. Horrible way to go.
Posted in: 2 Japanese women killed after driving into shootout in Brazil
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 12:42PM JST
** and it's almost like Japanese companies just gave up on innovation**
I would say the education system here has killed it and Japan Inc can blame the government for killing off innovation and critical thinking.
Posted in: Asahi Kasei, Takata, Toyo Tire, Toshiba, Olympus and many more too numerous to mention over the past decade -- the list of scandals concerning fabricated data, false labeling, accounting irregularities and cover-ups keeps growing. What's happened to Japan Inc?
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 10:13AM JST
Nothing. Just that the internet spreads news around and people are starting to finally wake up to this all.
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 10:11AM JST
This is good news. Now how will they recruit women or is this just an empty gesture as they realise many will not be so keen to join the JSDF now that they can be sent to war?
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 10:08AM JST
Unfortunately, by making an unsubstantiated claim she has set back the cause. The government can claim it is exaggerated and not so much a social problem as a social anomaly.
I disagree. If I was her, that would push me to find figures or research this area and make a point that Japan has a serious issue with child prostitution. I really do hope this is the course of action she takes.
And yes, what does it matter if the figure is 7% or 13%? We all know that school girls here are sexuailzed by the media, old men... and this is an issue that Japan repeatedly ignores.
Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex
tmarieNov. 10, 2015 - 03:02PM JST
Come on Japanese commentators let's face and deal with the problem - women need safety and protection not 'facing saving'.
And yet any poster who dares to point out that Japan is not a safe country for women and children gets voted down and certain posters go on and on about how it is safer than other countries. It is not safe for females when 13% of underage girls are selling themselves. It is not safe when Japan gets upset when such comments are made. Rather than save face, save the kids.
tmarieNov. 10, 2015 - 01:21PM JST
I don't understand this logic.
It's not logic which is why you don't understand it. Pride is killing this country and will continue to do so until people start to realise that looking at and talking about problems Japan has does not equal hating Japan. Mind blowing, eh?
tmarieNov. 10, 2015 - 10:57AM JST
tmarie, You can't accuse someone or some country without any evidence. It is not Japanese government, but UN who is accusing. Japan is demanding evidence for the accusation.
One of the posters above gave a link to an earlier study. Perhaps you should go back and read it?
to be fair this happens in lots of countries. bringing one in is not going to solve the problem.
Care to give some links to countries where "compensated dating" is an issue that is not a developing nation that is known for child prostitutes because frankly, I call BS that this is an issue in any other developed nation.
tmarieNov. 10, 2015 - 09:08AM JST
So if Japanese government is complaining about this figure, why don't they come out with a figure of their own? Oh right, that would mean having to admit there is an issue that they are aware of. I don't have an issue with the 13% if we are discussing JHS/HS students. Lord knows I taught more than a few who were doing such things - and a few who worked as hostesses while in 1st grade of HS.
The very fact that it is called "compensated dating" is an issue in itself. School girls in Japan are prostituting themselves. Call them what they are. Child prostitutes.
tmarieNov. 06, 2015 - 01:07PM JST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new top media adviser was under fire Thursday for controversial past comments, including those accusing U.S. President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism.
The US needs to stop funding Israel. Why the US continues to stand by this country is beyond me. They are hated by their neighbours for a reason. I mean honestly, blaming Palestine for the Holocaust and now this?? Unreal.
Posted in: New Netanyahu media czar in hot water over Obama comments
tmarieNov. 06, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
Germany stated they would take them, Germany can and will pay the price. Glad to see Denmark telling Sweden where to go on the comments. This entire thing is a mess. Frankly I would be sending back any working abled single men and taking children who are with their families. The last thing Europe needs is more men who see women as beneath them.
Posted in: Germany to speed up repatriations as migrants near million mark
tmarieNov. 06, 2015 - 01:02PM JST
Oh good lord Japan! Grow up! It's like watching a child throwing toys out of a pram and crying when mommy refuses to grab them ASAP. For a country threatening to without money, they sure do seem to think their opinions count for something.
tmarieNov. 03, 2015 - 06:25PM JST
Strangerland, she ripped off numerous pages from American government websites. She should never have been given a PhD and deserves to have it taken from her. As do many other Japanese researches who just plagiarize left, right and center. Waseda, and other top universities here, knowingly allow this to happen. They also look the other way at the lack of leadership, guidance and bullying that goes on amongst researchers and students. She got busted because she got a bit too big for her britches by publishing in this journal. She is clearly being made the scapegoat but she is by no means innocent and certainly does not deserve an academic award like a phd. I hope waseda and others take a look at their programs and understand how poor they are in quality compared to many. Considering how long this took to revoke, I'm surprised more have been questioned and also revoked.
tmarieOct. 30, 2015 - 01:14PM JST
Alphaape. exactly. If you watch the video you'll notice the other students aren't trying to help here and aren't defending her verbally. They know she was out of line. As was the guy. But it wouldn't get to that stage if students were taught respect at home. And that is a hueg issue regardless of what colour you are.
As for this guy I hope his behind is sent back to the US with a bill for what he's costing Canadian taxpayers.
Posted in: Black man fearing U.S. police will kill him flees to Canada
tmarieOct. 28, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
The country is not known by this type of barbarism.
Um, yes it is. By many at least. Head on school gate, WWII... Sorry but this is what happens when violent manga is okay'd and openly read by many. Add in video games and the bullying situation and you have a recipe for very strange and violent.
Posted in: Body of 10-year-old boy, naked with hands and feet bound, found hanging from tree
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:58PM JST
So many gullible fools.
Meh let them have their fun. They need something to worship now…
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:57PM JST
Just turn on Wifi.
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:53PM JST
I love all the comments wagging their fingers on the pronunciation.
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:52PM JST
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:50PM JST
@smithinjapan...Mao was very sick when she performed during NHK. But at least she was able to…
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